Earthquake Near Wellington Airport Brings Down Eagle From “The Hobbit”

January 20, 20140 Comments

Wellington, New Zealand was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that brought down a one ton eagle from the airport’s ceiling.

Home to Peter Jackson and his special effects house Weta Workshop, Wellington’s central city sits on a major fault line surrounded by several others and is therefore prone to earthquakes. The eagles, built by Weta and modeled after the ones in The Hobbit trilogy, were strung up from the airport’s ceiling as part of a broader installation that includes a giant Gollum, before the quake shook them so violently that one snapped free of its cables and fell onto a noodle canteen below.

Considering the eagle weighs a ton and has a wingspan of 15m, it’s incredible nobody was hurt.

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